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Our Distinguished Mentors


Kathleen F. Olender, DDS, MS, FICOI :

Kathleen F. Olender, DDS, MS, FICOI

Dr. Olender completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University, Lewisberg, Pa and received a BS and DDS degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She earned both a specialty certificate in Endodontics and a masters degree in Radiology from the University of Louisville,KY.  Dr. Olender trained in orofacial pain under Daniel B. Green and worked in UCSF pain clinic for many years. She has utilized Botulinum toxin and trigger point injections in the treatment of facial pain for almost thirty years. Dr. Olender has held faculty positions at UCSF, University of Louisville, and Tufts Univ, Boston.and lectured for  UNR GPR program and UNLV.  She has also lectured on Endodontics, pain, bone physiology, and dental implants both nationally and internationally since 1993. Dr. Olender has been in private practice in San Francisco and practiced the last 24 years in Las Vegas. Her Las Vegas practice is dedicated to Endodontics, Implantology, pain, and facial aesthetics. She has participated in organized dentistry and has held chair positions in the AAE, been a delegate for the NDA, and is a fellow of the ICOI.  She is an accomplished equestrian and enjoys competitions in her spare time.

Dr. Olender reports no conflicts of interest.

Tammy Phillippi, RN :

Tammy Phillippi, RN

Tammy earned a BS in Business from Bowling Green State University in 1988. After working in business for a few years she realized her passion was in medicine. Tammy graduated from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1993 with her nursing degree. After graduation she worked  in the bone marrow transplant unit at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In 1998 Tammy completed the Physician Assistant Program at KCMA and went to work for Wright State University in the family medicine department.

In 2010 her husband purchased a dental practice in Dayton. After a few years of practice they both realized that orofacial pain was a common theme in the practice. They both started taking courses with the AAFE and had private training in their office. Since then they have opened a medical spa in the dental practice. Tammy has continued her training with the AAFE and is honored to help mentor courses.

Tammy Phillippi, RN reports no conflicts of interest.

Susan Benesh, AGNP-C :

Susan Benesh, AGNP-C

Susan Benesh is a Nurse Practitioner in private practice focusing on Integrative Medicine. She earned Post-Masters from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science from University of Oklahoma. She holds a Fellowship in Functional and Metabolic Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine, and is a Forensic Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing. She certified in Hormone Replacement, Neuromodulators, Dermal Fillers, Mesotherapy, Sclerotherapy and Smooth and Lifting Threads.

She is a faculty member in the Nurse Practitioner program at Purdue University Global. She is the author/editor of books and articles, and is a national speaker on a wide variety of healthcare topics. She has owned several successful businesses and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and on local and national media including CNN. Ms. Benesh is an avid outdoor enthusiast, with a special interest in working with Combat Veterans with PTSD through long distance kayaking and off-grid camping.

Emily Keller Rockwell RN, MSN, NP-C :

Emily Keller Rockwell RN, MSN, NP-C

Emily Keller Rockwell is an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in Wilmington, Delaware. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Virginia and Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Pennsylvania. She started her own Cosmetic Dermatology practice in 2017, where she creates long term aesthetic treatment plans for her patients, consisting of medical grade skincare, peels, Botox, Fillers, and Microneedling. Emily focuses on going beyond treating the superficial layers of the skin and instead correcting the skin at a cellular level. She specializes in treating wrinkles, volume loss, hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea, rough texture, and large pores. She is constantly training with the best in the industry and looks forward to training others on injectable procedures.

Marina Funtik, DMD, MS, FACP :

Marina Funtik, DMD, MS, FACP

Dr. Marina Funtik started her dental career as a dental lab technician in Europe, moved to the US and graduated summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa and earned her DMD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. She also holds a Masters Degree in her specialty of Prosthodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.  

She owns 2 practices in Colorado Springs: Oasis and EsthetiX. She was named Rising Star and Woman of Influence and a TOP Dentist. She also serves on the Board of the American Heart Association and in her free time, enjoys the outdoors. 

Dr. Funtik reports no conflicts of interest.

Larry Schmakel, DDS :

Larry Schmakel, DDS

Dr. Lawrence Schmakel maintains a general practice in Sylvania, OH with a broad spectrum of services which include Total Facial Esthetics,  TMD and Sleep Apnea, Implants, Invisalign, Cerec and BioLase Technology. He graduated from The Ohio State University and has attended all the Continuum’s at the LD Pankey Institute.  He received his Fellowship Award from the AGD in 1991.

Dr. Schmakel is a member of many dental organizations, including the Toledo Dental Society, (where he is currently Secretary-Treasurer and will be president in 2018), the Chicago Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, (where he received the Fellowship Award in 1991), the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Ohio Dental Association, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), where he currently serves as both an Implant Director and Mentor,, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, (AADSM),  He’s also a past Advisor to the Ohio Dental Association for Sports Dentistry and a past spokesman for the Ohio Dental Association.

He is also on the Board of Advisors at Owens Community College for both their Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting and EFDA Programs.

Dr. Schmakel also takes care of the annual dental exams for the Detroit Tigers, and is the Team Dentist for the Student Athletes at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Schmakel reports no conflicts of interest.

Jessica Bishop, DDS :

Jessica Bishop, DDS

Dr. Jessica Bishop graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Molecular Biology with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. She then attained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University Of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2000. She opened her current practice in Chapel Hill in 2000. Her affiliations include the American Dental Association, Dental Foundation of NC, NC Dental Society, Association of Women Dentists, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Hundreds of hours of continuing education have been completed in the areas of Invisalign, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and pharmacology.

Dr. Bishop reports no conflicts of interest.

Ira Bernstein : DMD, FAGD

Ira Bernstein

Dr. Ira M. Bernstein has been a general dentist for over 35 years. He trained under one of the early pioneers in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders and was an associate in his New York City practice for several years. Dr. Bernstein has done research, authored, and published papers on Cosmetic Dentistry and Temporomandbular Disorders in national and international dental journals. He holds a U.S. Patent for an invention used to help treat TMD patients. Dr. Bernstein has attained Diplomate status in several professional groups and has achieved Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD).

Dr. Bernstein reports no conflicts of interest.

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